Butterbeer… YUM!!

6 Jun

butterbeer

letter Those poor, poor kids when they’re sick.

Nothing is more pathetic or heart-wrenching than a kid who just doesn’t have the energy to eat, or smile, or get up off the couch. That was us this weekend. Over the course of three days our three kids passed around a nasty bug that took each of them sequentially out of commission. The first one went down, and the other two fell shortly thereafter. Three different days, three different sick kids.

You can only sit around the house watching Harry Potter movies for so long – especially when you’ve only unlocked the first three so far (Have I mentioned that Episode IV’s passion for the “Harry Potter” series has only intensified? She’s written at least two more books since I blogged about it last.) When Sunday rolled around and it was clear we weren’t getting out of the house any time soon, I had to do something to get them out from in front of the television.

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Since “Harry Potter” was the only thing Episode IV had the energy to be interested in, I wracked my brain for SOMETHING “Harry Potter” related to get them off the sofa, out of the house and into the daylight and fresh air – if only for a little while. In a moment of inspired genius I remembered a picture that flashed across my Facebook feed many months ago and did a quick google image search to find it again.

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For those of you who know the “Harry Potter” franchise well, butterbeer and pumpkin juice feature regularly in the stories as beverages of choice for school-age children. There’s actually an entry for both on the Harry Potter Wiki page (butterbeer here and pumpkin juice here). JK Rowling never specified what was in the drinks, only that they were warm, sweet and delicious.

“Hey kids, I’ve got an idea,” I said with as much enthusiasm as I could muster. “How about, for this weekend’s project, we make BUTTERBEER… just like in ‘Harry Potter’?”

That got their attention.

Still in their pajamas, but wearing shoes (a major victory) I got the two big kids in the minivan and, recipe in hand, off we went to Safeway (please pick up a grande’, extra hot, upside down, caramel macciado from Starbucks for UnDorkMommy while you’re out thankyouverymuch).

I put both kids in the shopping cart and whisked them through the aisles while we looked for the necessary ingredients.

When we made it back, Episode IV went straight back to the couch and crashed – too tired from being sick to muster the energy for one of DorkDaddy’s weekend projects. But Episode V was up to the challenge.

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We had a good time learning the difference between a “tsp” and a “tbs”, how to follow a recipe (“Daddy, this is just like doing legos”) and how to be safe around the stove and knives. Ultimately the recipe turned out pretty well, and Episode IV had a nice treat waiting for her when she woke up.

Don't make fun of my 70's kitchen.

Don’t make fun of my 70′s kitchen.

Do a search for “Butterbeer recipe” or “Harry Potter pumpkin juice” and naturally you’ll find all sorts of different recipes. Given the energy level in the house this weekend I chose the easiest one. But if you’re particularly crafty around the kitchen and you’re looking for something fun to do with your little witch or wizard this weekend, here are the best recipes I came across. Have fun conjuring.

drink and enjoy

drink and enjoy

 

Butterbeer:

Recipe 1)
2 liter cream soda
2 tablespoons Butter extract
2 teaspoons rum extract
*drop the extracts into the 2 liter bottle, put on cap and slowly rotate until combined.

Cream topping
1 7oz container of marshmallow creme
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon rum extract
*add all items together in an electric mixer and combine until smooth.

Pour the butterbeer into a glass,  drizzle with the cream topping, and enjoy!

Recipe 2)

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar
24 oz of your favorite cream soda
2 tsp vanilla butter nut flavoring

Measure the heavy whipping cream into a bowl, then add powdered sugar. Whisk briskly until whipped.

Once your cream topping is ready, add your vanilla butter nut flavoring to your cream soda and stir gently so you don’t get rid of all the carbonation in the soda.

Pour the butterbeer into a glass,  drizzle with the cream topping, and enjoy!

Recipe 3)

1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

PUMPKIN JUICE

Recipe 1)

This is probably the simplest recipe for pumpkin juice around.

Ingredients:
5 cups apple juice
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
1) Combine all in a large pitcher and stir well
2) Let it sit for an hour in the refrigerator
3) Strain it (if too thick)
4) Chill or serve iced

Recipe 2)

A pretty good version of pumpkin juice!

Ingredients:
2 cups diced pumpkin
2 cups apple juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup pineapple juice

Directions:
1) Juice the pumpkin
2) Combine the pumpkin juice to the pineapple and apple juice
3) Add honey and blend in a blender
4) Serve iced

Recipe 3)

A variation on Recipe #2 with an added spicy kick to it.

Ingredients:
2 cups of pumpkin, chopped into chunks
2 cups of apple juice
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1 teaspoon of honey
Ground cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg or allspice

Directions:
1) Juice the pumpkin pieces
2) Pour the pumpkin juice, apple juice, and pineapple juice into a blender
3) Add the honey to the juices and blend
4) Add your spices (to taste)
5) Chill or serve iced

Recipe 4)

This is a healthy version of pumpkin juice with all natural juices, no sweeteners.

Ingredients:
24 ounce Pumpkin (deseeded and skinned)
3 Oranges
1 inch Root Ginger

Directions:
1) Remove sections of pumpkin and scrape off seeds
2) Remove the pumpkins skin
3) Feed the pumpkin flesh through juicer
4) Peel the orange and ginger skins off
5) Juice the ginger followed by the oranges
6) Blend the pumpkin, orange, and ginger juices
7) Chill or serve iced

Recipe 5)

This is an instant variation that is a blend of four different dry ingredients. There is no pumpkin in this recipe, so it is not for Happy Potter purists!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup regular instant iced tea mix
1 cup orange drink mix
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
1) Mix 2-3 Heaping tsp mix in 1 mug of Hot water.
2) Stir well
3) Serve hot or chilled (serve with ice)

-Dork Dad

17 Responses to “Butterbeer… YUM!!”

  1. Carol Dunnigan June 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Thank you thank you thank you! Having gone to the UK in 2005 my husband thinks I know all things English. EVERY time we see Harry Potter (you have no idea – bet you more than you and we’re in our 40s and our sons are 17 and 23!), he asks what Butter Beer is. :)

  2. sarahwriteshere2010 June 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    I’m trying to picture recently ill children consuming an intensely sugary concoction.

    In my head there’s vomiting afterwards. Tell me they kept it down? Somehow I feel that Undork Mommy would be very unimpressed if that happened.

    • dorkdad June 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      I had the same concerns, and didn’t push it on either of them for that very reason. Thankfully, we were safe. (Worth noting, Episode IV only had a sip or two)

      • sarahwriteshere2010 June 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

        Ahhh, that makes it even better. The act of creating superseding the consuming.

        A way to raise artists for sure. Make this. But just enjoy making it- don’t eat it.

      • dorkdad June 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

        The same goes for the heftier lego sets we build.

        “We can build this together, but there’s no way in hell I’m letting you play with it.”

  3. emotionless brian June 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on emotionless brain.

  4. Jeyna Grace June 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    What a perfect way to bond!

  5. larva225 June 7, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    You are a magnificent parent. I can only hope to be half as imaginative and fun someday, particularly in the face of germs. I bow to you, sir.

  6. b.h.quinn June 8, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    What an adorable idea. I’ve tried a recipe involving cream soda and butter extract, with what essentially is whipped cream with butter extract for a topping. It’s supposed to be similar to the type served at the WWoHP, and was a big hit at my movie night. There’s also a “slushie” version that I haven’t tried yet.

    Did you know that Buttered Beer is an actual grown-up-people-drink? The oldest known recipes are from the… late 1500′s, I think, and it’s similar to a warm, spiced cider, but it’s made with beer (usually an ale), and also has sugar, butter, and eggs.

  7. familynomadic June 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Once my boys reach of age for Harry Potter, I am going to pull these out for added enjoyment!!

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